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Delta Adding Non-Stops From Madison To L.A. For Rose Bowl

Fans wanting to fly out to Los Angeles to see the University of Wisconsin Badgers in the Rose Bowl have a new way to get there thanks to a major airline adding flights to its schedule.

Delta will add two nonstop flights from Madison to Los Angeles around New Year's Day to accommodate an influx of people wanting to fly out for the Rose Bowl.

“These additional nonstop flights to Los Angeles offer additional options for Badger fans,” said Dane County Regional Airport director Bradley Livingston.

Delta will add two flights from Madison to Los Angeles. Flights will leave at 9:10 p.m. Dec. 30 and Dec. 31, and land in Los Angeles at 11:40 p.m both days. They will also have two flights leaving Los Angeles after the game. One fight will leave 11:45 p.m. on Jan. 2 and arrive in Madison on Jan. 3 at 5:50 a.m. Another flight will leave from Los Angeles Jan. 3 at 12:15 p.m., and arrive at 6:20 p.m. Jan. 3 in Madison.

One Person Hurt Following Accident At Oscar Mayer

An industrial accident at Oscar Mayer early Friday morning has sent one person to the hospital, according to dispatchers at the Dane County 911 Center.

Firefighters were called to the plant on Madison's East Side just before 7 a.m. on Friday.

Officials with the 911 Center said a mechanic suffered a head injury and was taken to a local hospital.

Kraft Officials said safety procedures were not being followed when the worker got caught between two pieces of equipment.

He was ablet o get out and a nurse who works at ther plant helped him until the ambulance arrived.

Stay tuned to WISC-TV and Channel 3000 for continuing coverage.

Salvation Army Says Donations Are Up

Salvation Army Says Donations Are Up

The Salvation Army of Dane County said more people are ringing bells and giving this holiday season.

Preliminary retail numbers show more people are shopping this holiday season, and it looks like Dane County's shoppers are giving more to those famous red kettles.

The Salvation Army of Dane County said its current kettle donation total of $156,000 is up $10,000 from last year at this time. And bringing technology to the forefront of its Red Kettle campaign, the Salvation Army is hoping QR codes help recruit volunteers and prompt shoppers to make credit card donations.

"We have worked very hard this season to get the coverage," said Maj. Loren Carter. "Because we figured that each shift represents about a $100 of income at each location. And so the coverage is very important."

Out of 12,000 total bell ringing shifts, 7,000 shifts are left for the season. The goal for this year's campaign is set at $715,000.

Tenant Resource Center Reduces Hours At Job Center

Tenant Resource Center Reduces Hours At Job Center

The Housing Help Desk located in Room 2 at the Dane County Job Center at 1819 Aberg Ave. has reduced its hours of operation to 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Officials said the cut in services is necessary because of a reduction in funding from the county government.

The Tenant Resource Center, which employs only two full-time paid staff, is already operating on a tight budget, officials said.

County funding has been cut or stayed flat for the past decade, and this has forced the TRC to scale back important services. 

"Three-quarters of the way through the year we had spent all of our funds from the county,"  said Brenda Konkel, Executive Director, in a news release. “In 1998 we got $98,000 from the county. Next year, we will get $90,000.  During the same period, the county has grown and the economy has gotten worse. That means we have more people to serve and less funding to provide them with the services they need."

Montessori School Reopens After September Fire

Montessori School Reopens After September Fire

Greenway Crossing Montessori School, which serves about 130 children and their families, has officially reopened its doors after a September fire forced them to move their work into trailers outside the building.

The fire at 1325 Greenway Cross damaged and displaced several businesses. Since that time, Certi-Dry and the Fiesel Firm have been partnering to provide repair and restoration services.

The school held a reception, in which the facility keys were given to the school, on Friday at noon.

North Side Community Welcomes Neighborhood Officer

Residents in a north side community are welcoming in a new neighborhood police officer.

A recent homicide had those in the Vera Court neighborhood asking for a stronger police presence, and they cheered when their new neighborhood officer, David Dexheimer, was introduced during a recent meeting. Neighbors gathered to meet Dexheimer and focus on a building a stronger and safer community on Wednesday night.

"If you just rely upon the police officers or someone else to come in and save the day, then you're giving up your own obligations and your own social responsibility," said Richard Scott, a former neighborhood resident.

Weeks after a fatal shooting on Troy Drive, residents said they feel frustrated that negative headlines have dominated the news, and they're focused on making sure the good gets press, too.

Follow-Up Community Meeting Scheduled On City's North Side

Follow-Up Community Meeting Scheduled On City's North Side

A follow-up meeting will be held at Mendota Elementary School on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Madison Police North District officials will be joining other community stakeholders and city officials at Mendota Elementary School. The meeting will be regarding recent violence in the Karstens-Troy-Vera Court area. 

North side residents and stakeholders who are interested and willing to help are welcome and urged to attend this public meeting, police said.

"The objective is to explore solutions and priorities, and develop an action plan for residents and stakeholders to keep this North side neighborhood safe," said North District Captain   Cam McClay.

Mendota Elementary School is located at 4022 School Rd.